Apple working on iPhones with touchless control, curved screen

Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom

Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom

In other words, users could control their iPhone with their fingers without tapping the display, people familiar with Apple's plans told Bloomberg. Apple introduced pressure-sensitive displays with the addition of 3D Touch following the release of the iPhone 6s and the Apple Watch, though few apps take advantage of the feature in a way that makes sense.

Apple is now developing curved displays and "touchless gesture controls" for future versions of its flagship iPhone, according to a new report. The curved iPhone display has been a rumor for a while now as its been in development but, now it is expected to be around two or three years away from implementation.

While we're still getting the hang of Apple's new gesture interface on the iPhone X, Apple is apparently working on an entirely new kind of phone with a touchless gesture-based input. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye. OLED displays are capable of being shaped into curves or even folded, unlike LCD screens, which were used in older iPhones.

In its report, Bloomberg notes that both features are only in an experimental phase and that they may not necessarily come to new iPhones. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Smartphones have become increasingly similar as Apple, Samsung Electronics, Google, and Huawei Technologies adopt features like full screens, advanced cameras, and facial recognition at roughly the same time. Apple's version would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli and the tech would be built into the display.

The Samsung Air Gestures system relies on hand-wave motions, which are detected by a motion sensor on the phone's bezel.

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